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During the Tenancy (England) | England | Tenant Relations and Dealing with Complaints (England)

DECORATION

5 May 2021 | 1 comment

We currently have a new tenant that wishes to decorate the apartment in her own colour scheme, normally we do not allow this as it incurs a cost at the end of the tenancy to put the colour scheme back to its original state, however they have promised to return it back to its original colour at the end of the tenancy.  If we were to approve this, can we ask the tenant to pay a small deposit that will be refundable to them at the end of the tenancy if the flat is returned to its original colour scheme?

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  1. guildy

    The first thing is, when they leave they won’t paint it back. It will never happen.

    However, we wouldn’t worry about that because if they’re there for a while it would probably need a decorate anyway.

    With our properties, we say they can paint in “similar colours to existing” and we define “similar” as being able to paint it back in one coat.

    You can take a deposit but it will need protecting and prescribed information given in the usual way. The maximum deposit that can be taken is equivalent to 5 weeks rent.

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